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1947 Charles 2023

Charles Edward McClellan

February 5, 1947 — December 6, 2023



Obituary written for (and by) Charles Edward McClellan -- 1947-2023


Charlie first appeared on earth

On 2/5/47.

Died 12/6 of 23,

And maybe went to Heaven.

He had malignant prostate,

Which helped take him away.

It knocked him down and prostrate,

Which is how he is today.

He also had a plethora 

Of other illness issues

But he's in a better place right now

So put away your tissues.

Perhaps the inability

To eat enough just may

Have ultimately been the cause

He isn't here today.

Yet possibly those weren’t what

Charlie’s end result was needing.

He also might have croaked

From too excessive GI bleeding.

His parents, they were Cyril E.

And also Betty Starr.

Sisters? Marianna.

Brothers?  David's all there are.

Married Jeanette Gidney,


She patiently put up with each


He had a lovely daughter

Named Suzanne, who married, then

Had Tyler, Rachel, Tara,

And he hardly can begin

To find the words that can express

How much he loved them all —

Even more than football, soda pop

And basketball.

He got degreed in English —

Wrote a bunch of poetry.

Maybe he can sell those published

Now, posthumously.

(If anyone would like a book

By Charlie, just for fun,

Please order one across the street

When services are done.)

He made much music and played sports

As long as he was able.

After that, he liked them on

The radio or cable.

He Mormon missionaried

Two years in the Argentine.

Spent four years teaching early

Seminary, which was fine.

He tried to live his Mormon faith

As well as he could do.

He didn't say it much,

But always knew the Church was true.

Healthy life deserted him

When he was less than thirty.

After that, he muddled on —

It wasn't very purty.

He never ever lost his faith,

Depending much on prayer.

Came to understand that

God was loving, smart and fair.

He tried his best to serve the Lord

In each and every calling.

He couldn't do them all that well,

Which he found pretty galling.

He loved a lot of people

And considered them his friends,

Though he could be annoying as

Colitis or the bends.

He worked insurance, Glacier Bay

Alaska, and much fossil.

He wanted to do so much more,

But that proved quite impossil.

He can't come close to finding words

That fully do express

His gratitude for those who helped

Through all his weirdnesses.

They lifted and they carried and they

Shifted stuff around.

They never mocked or criticized,

And always could be found.

So don't be sad that he is gone,

And it's completely fit

If now and then you chuckle

At some item he has writ.

He'd like to have accomplished more,

But health did not permit.

But hopefully he left earth better,

Just a little bit.

He thanks you all for coming

To memorial or viewing.

He might be there. Or who knows

What the heck he might be doing?

So everyone drive carefully 

When it's time to go.

He doesn't want to meet you

For a bunch or years or so.


A memorial service will be held at the Suncrest 10th Ward building

600 W 120 N, Orem Utah

1:00 pm Saturday Afternoon, December 16th





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